Philippe Sands: Torture Authorization Came from the Top

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Philippe Sands: Torture Authorization Came from the Top
Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Melbourne Writers Festival
Professor of International Law Philippe Sands tells the story of a memo. Sent in December 2002 to US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, it requested the approval of a number of coercive techniques of interrogation. As Sands tells Anna Funder, with his acceding signature, Rumsfeld pushed the United States beyond the pale of international law and directly towards the abuses of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay - Melbourne Writers Festival

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